More than two weeks after an EF-3 tornado ripped through Eureka the cleanup continues. KVOE in Emporia reports that there are still close to 10 houses needing to be demolished and volunteers continue to clean up debris. City Manager Ian Martell said that they are still in need of a street sweeper because streets are still ed with debris. Eureka has one but it is old and not very effective. A couple of communities have brought one in but they’ve only been able to stay for a day at a time. Martell credits Westar for being a big help. He said that the extreme heat has also hampered cleanup efforts.
A Florida man was injured early Thursday morning in a two vehicle accident on Highway 75 three miles north of Buffalo in Woodson County. 37 year old Mihai Poleac was taken to Neosho Memorial Regional Medical Center after his vehicle sideswiped a semi and came to rest in the ditch. The semi driver, 44 year old Brian Sanger from Oklahoma, was not injured.
The Neosho River bridge at the west edge of Humboldt will be closed to traffic for a few hours soon. That’s so engineers can do extensive testing to determine if it can carry day-to-day traffic. The Iola Register reports that Mitch Garner, director of Public Works, told Allen County commissioners Tuesday morning preliminary examinations of the bridge’s structure had occurred. An in-depth study is needed before decisions are made on whether to repair or replace it. The bridge opened in 1932.
Candidates for the Allen County Commission will field questions Monday night at the Iola Senior Center, 204 N. Jefferson. Republicans Bruce Symes and incumbent John Brocker are vying for the District 3 seat, and Republicans Jerry Daniels and Steven Henderson and Democrat Mike Bruner will face off for the District 1 position. Farm Bureau is sponsoring the event, which begins at 6 p.m.
A new scam is making the rounds targeting seniors. The caller says that they need to activate your new Social Security or Medicare card with the information off your old card. Do not give them your old number because it is your Social Security number. This is a scam. If you receive a call like this just hang up. The government already has all of your information.
Patients, staff and the public are invited to the ribbon-cutting and grand opening celebration of the Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas. The new clinic is at 2051 North State Street in Iola. The festivities will begin at 2:00 p.m. with a ribbon-cutting followed by live music, refreshments and tours of the new center until 4 p.m.
The Iola USD 257 board of education is still exploring redrawing the boundaries of its current voting districts. The Register reports that they talked about the issue again this week. An all at-large approach is also being considered.
A Chanute native won the title of Mrs. United States 2018 this past weekend. Samantha Reinecke is a special education teacher in Chanute and a graduate of Pittsburg State University. Samantha is a mother of four and married to Air Force Master Sergeant Shawn Reinecke. She previously held the title of Mrs. Midwest and has also worn the title of Mrs. Kansas. Her platform was “Home Sweet Home: Advocating the Power of Adoption.”
Chanute commissioners voted Monday evening to seek an energy audit for municipal buildings. According to The Chanute Tribune, Energy Solutions Professionals from Overland Park presented a preliminary audit in April 23. Utilities Director Larry Gates said it may be difficult for the Memorial Building to have enough energy savings to pay for the needed improvements in efficiency. But he also said the building’s boiler, installed in 1984, is near the end of its useful life.
If you travel U.S. 59 between Moran and Neosho County, prepare for short delays when a resurfacing project starts today. It will cover 13 miles between the Neosho-Allen county line and the U.S. 54 junction at Moran. Flaggers and a pilot car will direct one-lane traffic through the work zone during daylight hours; expect delays of 15 minutes or less. The project should be completed in one month, weather permitting.
The Iola City Council will meet at 6 p.m. tonight at the Park Community Building. Council members will discuss and consider requests for the Gates Annual Employee Picnic, Rotary Day in the Park and a resolution from the Allen County Fair Board.
An Neodeshea man died yesterday afternoon in a one vehicle accident on Ottawa Road 2 miles west of Altoona. 37 year old Floyd Reynolds III was killed when his vehicle left the road and rolled a number of times.
Thrive Allen County has received a $100,000 year-long planning grant to help fight opioid abuse and the opioid epidemic. The grant from the US Department of Health and Human Services will be use to create a coalition covering Allen, Wilson, and Woodson counties. Those three counties were among four in Kansas named in a Politico article last year. That article placed them in the top five percent nationally of US counties at risk for an outbreak of HIV and hepatitis C virus infection among people who inject drugs. Thrive is currently seeking a Rural Health Development Planning Manager.
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has rescinded a boil water advisory for Allen County RWD 16. The advisory was issued because of a loss of pressure. Laboratory testing samples collected indicate no evidence of contamination. All other conditions that placed the system at risk of contamination have been resolved.
A Parsons woman was killed in a head on accident yesterday morning a mile south of 90th Road on Queens Road in Neosho County. According to the highway patrol, 56 year old Carla Myers died in the crash. The driver of the other vehicle, 17 year old Michael Kichler of Walnut was taken to Neosho Memorial Regional Medical Center with possible injuries. Two passengers in his vehicle, 16 year old Jacob Grady of and 18 year old Chandler Stinson both of Parsons, was also taken to a hospital.
This week, Moran City Council members set a hearing to ratify the city’s 2019 spending plan which will be patially supported with a property tax levy of about 38 mills. The budget hearing at 7 p.m. Aug. 6 at Moran City Hall to give taxpayers a say in the matter before the budget is approved. The Iola Register reports that the 2019 rates will be very similar to what they paid this year. For example, the owner of a $60,000 home would pay about $1.40 more than what was paid this year.
Residents of Eureka took a break from cleanup efforts the past week to celebrate the Fourth of July. The annual Party in the Park took place as scheduled at Eureka City Park after a tornado caused extensive damage last week. There was a parade, pool activities, turtle races, a community meal and fireworks. Cleanup from the June 26 tornado will resume in earnest today.